From a concert recorded on July 27, 1966, a selection of traditional and contemporary Koto music. The concert begins with “Midare Rinzetsu,” which is roughly translated as “disorder” or “unorthodox.” It is for two kotos, and is in the dan-mono style of the Ikuta school, and is generally ascribed to the 17th century master koto player, Yatsuhashi Kengyō. This is followed by “Matsukaze” which means ”wind in the pines.” The work, which is believed to have been composed by the 19th century composer Taiga Yamaki III (also known as Yamaki Kengyō), is scored for two vocalists, two kotos, and sangen. The third work in this concert is a modern composition for solo koto by the 20th century koto player and teacher, Kinʼichi Nakanoshima. The program then concludes with “Okayasuginuta” a work believed to have been composed by the 19th century master Kosaburo Okayasu. The main performers in this concert are Namino Torii and Minoyu Otaka, with assistance from Steven Otto and Hiromi Sakata.
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